Light + Shade: Max Meldrum and his followers

Exhibition and Shows

6 Nov 2021 to 6 Feb 2022 Once Only Event

Max Meldrum was one of Australia’s most influential painters and art teachers of the 20th century but has also been one of the most neglected in recent years.

As a teacher and painter, Meldrum was adored and reviled in equal measure. At his art school, which he established in Melbourne in 1916, he encouraged minimal use of paint and a restricted colour palette. He argued that when an artist is painting, the key factor to consider is the tonal variation of the subject (the darkness and light), ahead of drawing skill and choice of colour.

The works of the Tonalists as Meldrum’s followers are known, are easily identifiable by their ‘misty’ appearance and limited subject matter and are a key, yet relatively overlooked, part of the story of Australian art. While the work of student Clarice Beckett has become well known in recent years, works by Meldrum’s other students and followers are still largely unknown.

This exhibition, showcasing works from the collection of the Art Gallery of Ballarat, brings together paintings by Max Meldrum, Clarice Beckett, Colin Colahan, Alma Figuerola, Jock Frater, Harry Harrison, Percy Leason and other ‘Meldrumites’. It features some recent acquisitions including a still life by Clarice Beckett.

Facilities

Family Friendly Free Wifi Lockers Non Smoking Parents Room Public Toilet

Rates

Free Entry

Event Dates

Once Only Event

6 Nov 2021 to 6 Feb 2022

Nearby Accommodation

View All
Battista

Battista

Ballarat

Calbung Stays - Street View

Calbung Stays

Redan, Ballarat

Jumping Pillow

BIG4 NRMA Ballarat Holiday Park

Ballarat

Miner's Retreat Motel Motel Room and Garden

Miner’s Retreat Motel

Ballarat

north facade

Ballaratprimavera

Brown Hill, Ballarat

Best Value Motel in Ballarat

Ballarat Eureka Lodge Motel

Ballarat East, Ballarat

Contact Us